Saturday's Game Massive says Shaw
Sheffield FC manager Mark Shaw stressed the importance of this weekend's fixture against Romulus, after a 4-0 defeat at league-leaders Basford, writes Luke Phelps.
Club went into half-time at 0-0 after a strong start to the game. Andrew Gascoigne and Luis Morrison had chances to open the scoring in the first half but within the first minute of the second, Basford found their opening goal. From then on it was damage limitation for Sheffield, who haven't won since New Years Day.
Speaking after the game, Sheffield manager Mark Shaw said: "I thought we were solid first half. They probably had the better chances and in the second half they just stuck the gear up, and conceding a goal so quick is a disaster and then they just built on top of that with confidence and composure. We just couldn’t get back into the game.
"I'm disappointed with how the game filtered out and we probably could've put up more of a fight with around ten minutes to go but we didn’t and disappointingly it's just filtered into a 4-0. We got beat 4-0 in 44 minutes, it's extremely disappointing."
Shaw opted for a 5-3-2 formation at Basford: "We went to try and almost beat them at their own game. We thought we had more exposure today and we thought with our three at the back we'd look after their two up top, and we thought our two up front would've caused them a few more problems.
"The first half we kind of nullified each other and it was a bit of a brutal contest and in the second half, we stopped doing what we were doing and they exploded. It's very important that you look at what went wrong and what you can do to make it better."
Basford's Greenwich Avenue Stadium is on one of the few at this level of football to have a 3G pitch: "They play on it and train on it twice a week, it's an advantage to them and the way they're able to use it. They’ve got a very good team with football league players, players who have played in the conference and won this league in the past. We're up against it - there's a reason why they're top of the league."
After signing for Sheffield on a month long youth-loan on Friday, Derby County's Matt Yates made his debut in goal for Club: "It could've been 6 if it wasn’t for young Yates. From my point of view he's only going to get better."
Next up for Sheffield is relegation rivals Romulus: "It's massive now. We got to start looking at every game as a battle to the end and we can't look at it saying 'it's alright we'll play the next one', Romulus is massive. All the top sides got beat today. Everyone's had a free hit, not gained anything not lost anything. There's a lot of work to do next week, let's hope we can go and get a result.
See Club in action from 3pm this Saturday at The Coach and Horses.